“The recipe is the same as the first. I didn't deviate from what I believe Black Water Rising music to be, I didn't set out to grow or mature”, says frontman Rob Traynor. He continues, “I feel this new album is not much of a departure from the first, and I believe that's a good thing. Besides, I don't think fans would want it any other way. I'm still writing from the same place I was writing from before; I'm still the same guy...for better or for worse. We're still the same band, with the addition of a killer new guitarist, Dennis Kimak who joined us after the departure of our original guitarist Johnny.”
Black Water Rising was formed from the ashes of various national touring acts. After releasing two self-produced albums nationwide with a band called Dust To Dust, singer songwriter Rob Traynor locked himself away in his Brooklyn, New York recording studio, later emerging with a collection of songs that would become the seeds of Black Water Rising´s debut album. Traynor was soon joined by former Boiler Room drummer Mike Meselsohn, former Stereomud guitarist Johnny Fattoruso and bassist Oddie McLaughlin and they would unleash their self-titled debut album on March 2, 2010. The album would achieve the #1 slot on Amazon.com’s Hard Rock Chart upon release and has since gone on to sell 12,000 copies in the U.S. as well as 24,000 digital singles. Not bad for a band that was promoting an album all by themselves with no label support.
Black Water Rising received heavy airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio's Octane channel for the singles “Brother Go On” and “No Halos”. The album reached the #6 slot in the Top 20 airplay chart for the channel. “Brother Go On” also cracked the top 40 on the Media Base Active Rock Radio Chart.
BWR has played shows with Hellyeah, King's X, Monster Magnet, Ace Frehley, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) & others. Their tour schedule also brought them to the 2010 South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX performing at High Times Magazine's Doobie Awards show where BWR won the 2010 High Times Doobie Award for “Best Rock/Alternative Artist,” beating out such tough and respected competition as Staind, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mars Volta and Danko Jones.
Invigorated and eager to capitalize on the success of their debut album, the band’s new material promises to be riff heavy and proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock and metal song writing with hooks and catchy choruses to pull you in. New songs like Show No Mercy, Pissed And Driven, Last Man Standing and Fire It Up combine the bands love of Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with the sonic stomp of Black Label Society, all while retaining a musical identity of their own.